e.m. Hemingway's Restaurant at the Grand Hotel
1045 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204
Fare: Traditional American
Food Quality: 1 and 1/2 Stars
Service: 1 and 1/2 Stars
Decor: 2 Stars
Overall Rating: 1 and 1/2 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Hand-cut USDA Prime Steaks
A full service bar and attractive waterfront views.
The menu does introduce any creative, or highly skilled cooking techniques to distinguish itself from other Cape May restaurants
Service is inconsistent.
Noise Level: Moderate - except on Friday and Saturday evenings when the music is loud.
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy traditional steaks and seafood served in generous portions, a full service bar, and waterfront views.
Not Recommended For: Gourmet steak and seafood foodies who seek out a high level of skilled cooking techniques and creative food preparation.
Recommended dishes: When available, The Prime Sirloin of Beef; The Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon; and the Char-Grilled Rib Eye.
Liquor: Decent selection of reasonably priced wines and specialty cocktails. Beer selection is limited. Bar scene is busy.
e.m. Hemingway's Restaurant, located in the Grand Hotel across the street from the beach, is a good place to go for steaks, drinks, and attractive island themed ambiance, especially when seated at a table with an ocean front view.
The kitchen is under the direction of Executive Chef Christian Anderson. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who worked at a restaurant in Ocean City before coming to Hemingway's.
The menu offers a selection of typical American steak and seafood dishes, with emphasis on using fresh local ingredients.
The menu, compared to other Cape May fine dining restaurants, does not offer any creative, or high quality preparation techniques to distinguish itself above the others.
For example, their featured menu item is the USDA Prime steak, known for it's superior grade with exceptional tenderness, juiciness, flavor and fine texture. It has the highest degree of fat marbling and is derived from younger beef.
However, the preparation and cooking of the restaurant industry's highest quality steak at Hemingway's Restaurant is poor, failing to bring out it's true qualities. The cooking of USDA Prime Steaks requires precise temperatures at different stage of the process to bring out it's true tenderness, flavor, and moisture retention.
Consequently, Hemingway's has missed out on an opportunity to be one of Cape May's top Steak houses
They have a DJ and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights.
Hemingway's Restaurant is open year round for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
They have seasonal hours and during the summer they are open for Breakfast Saturday & Sunday
from 8 to 11:30am.
Lunch Friday, Saturday, Sunday, from 12 to 4pm.
Dinner Wednesday thru Sunday from 5 to 10pm with a Bar Menu on Wednesday & Thursday from 4 to 10pm, and on Friday & Saturday from 12 to 10pm.
(updated: June, 2017)
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